NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was some excitement outside Yankee Stadium on Thursday morning, but it had nothing to do with baseball.
Tamika Snipe, 21, was heading to the hospital around 10 a.m. to deliver her third child when she started experiencing serious labor pains on a city subway train.
Snipe got off the Number 4 subway train at the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium Station and police called an ambulance, but the baby couldn’t wait.
She was taken to the transit police station where a lieutenant got on the line with an EMS operator and two female officers helped Snipe give birth to a healthy baby boy.
“We grabbed blankets, officers took off their jackets, placed it on the floor and we laid down Ms. Snipe who said that her baby was coming,” Lt. Sylvia Mendoza told 1010 WINS.
“There was no place for me to lay out to deliver so they put stuff out on the floor so I could lay down and I delivered there,” Snipe told CBS 2. “He just popped out.”
“The baby cried and it went from scared to excited to relief,” Officer Norma Vargas-Benitez said.
“Everybody took a big sigh of relief when we heard the baby crying and then we knew that everything was going to be okay,” Mendoza said.
Both mom and little Maxwell William Snipe eventually made it to the hospital where they were both in stable condition.